Mountain bucks now available year-round

— Staff report

December 17, 2013 

Mountain Bucks, designed to stimulate spending in the Mountain Area, not only during Christmas, but all-year long, are now available at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mountain Bucks is a gift certificate program for chamber members, participating area businesses, as well as the community-at-large. It is designed to keep shopping dollars in Eastern Madera County and encourages community members to "Shop Local First."

This program is locally-managed through the chamber, and all funds are kept in a local chamber member's bank.

These bucks make great gifts for anyone and the recipient can choose where to spend it because they are just like cash.

Additionally, By purchasing Mountain Bucks gift certificates, which come pre-printed in $5 denominations, you play an active role in the economic sustainability of our community.

It's a way to support neighbors, friends and family when you purchase and use Mountain Bucks gift certificates. In addition, keeping sales tax dollars in Madera County means better roads, schools, and infrastructure for all our mountain communities.

The program, designed and promoted by the chamber, consists of a book of five $5 gift certificates, that can used in a variety of businesses in the Oakhurst area.

Promotional notices of the Mountain Bucks, along with encouragement to 'shop local,' are posted in area stores and restaurants.

Darin Soukup, chamber executive director, and Greg Chappel, chamber president, have been instrumental in getting many area merchants to participate in the program.Mountain Bucks are great gift solutions and are perfect for any occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, graduations, retirements, holiday gift-giving, thank yous, incentives, bonuses, or celebrating important milestones.

They are easy to purchase, easy to redeem, never expire and are redeemable at a wide variety of local Eastern Madera County businesses to purchase merchandise, products, food or services.

A sample of what you can buy with Mountain Bucks gift certificates include:

Home and garden supplies


Health and beauty aids

Cards, stamps and gifts

Paints and hardware supplies

Electronics and appliances

Restaurant food and service


Pet and feed supplies


Tires and auto repair

Mountain Bucks can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 40637 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, across the street from Denny's. Checks or cash will be accepted as payment.

All Mountain Bucks gift certificates must be paid for at the time of pick-up. If your business requires an invoice to issue a check, the chamber can arrange to email an invoice on receipt of your order. Please allow 24 hours to process invoice requests.

Details: Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, (559) 683-7766,

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